The Pillars of Creation (Sword of Truth Series #7) [NOOK Book]


New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind has created his most lavish adventure yet. Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, a young woman named Lauren seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin.

With winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, Richard Rahl and his wife Kahlan must ...
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New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind has created his most lavish adventure yet. Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, a young woman named Lauren seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin.

With winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, Richard Rahl and his wife Kahlan must venture deep into a strange and desolate land. Their quest turns to terror when they find themselves the helpless prey of a tireless hunter.

Meanwhile, Lauren finds herself drawn into the center of a struggle for conquest and revenge. Worse yet, she finds her will seized by forces more abhorrent than anything she ever envisioned. Only then does she come to realize that the voices were real.

Staggered by loss and increasingly isolated, Richard and Kahlan must stop the relentless, unearthly threat which has come out of the darkest night of the human soul. To do so, Richard will be called upon to face the demons stalking among the Pillars of Creation.

Discover breathtaking adventure and true nobility of spirit. Find out why millions of readers the world over have elevated Terry Goodkind to the ranks of legend.

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Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, a young woman seeks to end her intolerable agony, but silencing the voices unleashes torment on everyone else. In this Sword of Truth book, it falls to Richard and Kahlan to stop the unearthly threat that comes out of the darkest night of the human soul.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fantasy bestseller Goodkind brings his usual strong sense of place and distinct characterization to his seventh sprawling novel in the popular Sword of Truth series, though the action, too often discussed rather than shown, takes a while to warm up. The struggle continues between the New World's Seeker of Truth, Lord Richard Rahl, and the Old World's totalitarian leader, Emperor Jagang "the Just," against the dry and barren beauty of the desert landscape. After deposing his father, old Lord Rahl, Richard lingers in the background at his immense fortress. Meanwhile, battling for power are the bastards that old Rahl has also sired, notably Richard's oafish lout of a half-brother, Oba, who tries to murder his way to the throne. Taking center stage is the vengeful Jennsen, who wants to kill Richard because she blames him for her mother's murder. Of course, Richard isn't the villain she takes him for, though Jennsen is slow to catch on. Amid the interminable sword-and-sorcery in the tradition of Robert E. Howard (Howard would have especially appreciated the huge serpent with which Oba and Jennsen contend), the author spouts his familiar political pieties. Lip service may be paid to public good, but passion arises only in scenes of violence. For all its clumsy exposition, unlikely coincidences and feeble attempts at humor, this latest installment, with its striking jacket art showing a beautiful desert landscape, is as certain to please Goodkind's legions of fans as previous books in the series. (Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Fans of the seven-volume Sword of Truth series, which is strenghtened with the addition of this title, will be thrilled to find the story of Richard Rahl, Lord Rahl of D'Hara, and his wife, Kahlan, the Mother Confessor, extended. Richard and Kahlan are bit players until the very end, as Richard's half sister, Jennsen, and his murderous half brother, Oba, must come to terms with their heritage and their destiny. Raised as fugitives by their mothers, Jennsen and Oba are ungifted children of Lord Darken Rahl. Conduits between the world of the living and the Keeper's world of the dead, they possess a lethal power and the capacity to undo all magic. Neither Jennsen nor Oba is aware of this potential, although both are troubled by internal voices. As Oba increasingly is lost to the murderous bidding of the Keeper's voice, Jennsen is led astray by a devious servant of Emperor Jagang the Just, drawing both out of D'Hara to a confrontation with Richard at the Pillars of Creation. Plot is definitely Goodkind's forte, and the story unfolds compellingly, with near-perfect pacing, well-realized settings, and superior descriptive narrative. Where this novel falls short is in characterization. Jennsen is easily the most aggravating heroine since Scarlett O'Hara and occasionally makes one long for Scarlett's grit. Always just a bit lost, Jennsen constantly leans on some Big Strong Man for help as she bumbles through situations with implausible luck, an unsympathetic and helpless pawn. Oba is completely sadistic, and Goodkind's enthusiastic descriptions of beatings and quasi vivisections contrast with his restraint in soft-focus sex scenes. None of this will matter, of course, to aficionados of theseries, who will be eager to read another installment in Richard Rahl's story. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2001, Tor, 512p,
— Ann Welton
Providing a different focus from his previous novels, Goodkind features Jennsen Daggett, the illegitimate daughter of Darken Rahl. In D'Hara, children born to Darken Rahl without "the gift" are sought out and murdered. Jennsen happens to be one of those children. As a result, throughout her childhood, Jennsen and her mother have moved from town to town in an effort to stay alive. When Jennsen discovers what she thinks to be a dead D'Haran soldier in the woods near her home, she knows that her father is getting too close. With the help of Sebastian (a spy of Emperor Jagang's intent on destroying the House of Rahl), Jennsen hides the soldier and quickly hurries home with Sebastian in tow. That night soldiers invade the Daggett household and Jennsen's mother is murdered. Sebastian saves Jennsen and they flee to find Althea, a sorceress Jennsen believes will protect her from Lord Rahl and provide her with knowledge of her puzzling family history. To learn the truth and to become safe, Jennsen must travel into the heart of danger to the People's Palace. Although both Sebastian and a Sister of the Dark persuade Jennsen to kill Richard Rahl, Jennsen soon realizes upon meeting Richard that he is not like his father. Former readers of the series will predict the happy ending. Without Richard and Kahlan in the forefront of this story, fans of those characters may be disappointed, but those who simply enjoy Goodkind's world will find this novel thoroughly entertaining. Goodkind can always be counted on to relate an adventurous and heroic tale. The characters spring to life and Oba as evil personified is creepily compelling. In the spirit of Robert Jordan and Robert E. Howard, this novel is highlyrecommended for those who enjoy epic fantasies though readers may want to start with the first book of the series, Wizard's First Rule, to fully appreciate Goodkind's work. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Tor, 725p.,
— Ginger Armstrong
Library Journal
Goodkind takes a left turn in this seventh entry of his "Sword of Truth" series. He abandons his main characters for a time and concentrates on the life and adventures of a young woman named Jennsen, the illegitimate daughter of Darken Rahl. Jennsen hears voices (complete with Cecil B. Demille effects) and is pursued by dark forces seemingly because of her heritage. She flees her home after her mother is killed in search of a sorceress she thinks holds the keys to her destiny, only to discover more than she bargains for...such as a big swamp snake. Goodkind's D'Hara world is a glittering tapestry described in immediate and sometimes gruesome detail; it is interesting to hear how he has turned it upside down in The Pillars of Creation. The narration by Jim Bond is crisp, well done, and dramatic. Thankfully, Brilliance Audio seems to have abandoned its former whirlwind reading pace. Listeners will be enthralled and eager to sample more series entries. Though the price tag and length will deter some libraries, this is enthusiastically recommended for anyone who enjoys monumental fantasy. Barbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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"A plot summary doesn't do justice . . . Goodkind is moving up." —Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429934893
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 12/14/2010
  • Series: Sword of Truth Series , #7
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 16,285
  • File size: 825 KB

Meet the Author

Terry Goodkind

Terry Goodkind is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His books include the eleven-volume Sword of Truth series, beginning with Wizard’s First Rule, the basis for the television show Legend of the Seeker. Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school. Alongside a career in wildlife art, he has also been a cabinetmaker and a violin maker, and he has done restoration work on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world -- each with its own story to tell, he says. While continuing to maintain the northeastern home he built with his own hands, in recent years he and his wife Jeri have created a second home in the desert Southwest, where he now spends the majority of his time.
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Picking through the dead man's pockets, Jennsen Daggett came across the last thing in the world she would ever have expected to find. Startled, she sat back on her heels. The raw breeze ruffled her hair as she stared wide-eyed at the words written in precise, blocky letters on the small square of paper. The paper had been folded in half twice, carefully, so that the edges had been even. She blinked, half expecting the words to vanish, like some grim illusion. They remained solid and all too real.
Foolish though she knew the thought was, she still felt as if the dead soldier might be watching her for any reaction. Showing none, outwardly, anyway, she stole a look at his eyes. They were dull and filmy. She had heard people say of the deceased that they looked like they were only sleeping. He didn't. His eyes looked dead. His pale lips were taut, his face was waxy. There was a purplish blush at the back of his bull neck.
Of course he wasn't watching her. He was no longer watching anything. With his head turned to the side, toward her, though, it almost seemed as if he might be looking at her. She could imagine he was.
Up on the rocky hill behind her, bare branches clattered together in the wind like bones clacking. The paper in her trembling fingers seemed to be rattling with them. Her heart, already thumping at a brisk pace, started to pound harder.
Jennsen prided herself in her levelheadedness. She knew she was letting her imagination get carried away. But she had never before seen a dead person, a person so grotesquely still. It was dreadful seeing someone who didn't breathe. She swallowed in an attempt to compose her own breathing, if not her nerves.
Even if he was dead, Jennsen didn't like him looking at her, so she stood, lifted the hem of her long skirts, and stepped around the body. She carefully folded the small piece of paper over twice, the way it had been folded when she had found it, and slipped it into her pocket. She would have to worry about that later. Jennsen knew how her mother would react to those two words on the paper.
Determined to be finished with her search, she squatted on the other side of the man. With his face turned away, it almost seemed as if he were looking back up at the trail from where he had fallen, as if he might be wondering what had happened and how he had come to be at the bottom of the steep, rocky gorge with his neck broken.
His cloak had no pockets. Two pouches were secured to his belt. One pouch held oil, whetstones, and a strop. The other was packed with jerky. Neither contained a name.
If he'd known better, as she did, he would have taken the long way along the bottom of the cliff, rather than traverse the trail across the top, where patches of black ice made it treacherous this time of year. Even if he didn't want to retreat the way he had come in order to climb down into the gorge, it would have been wiser for him to have made his way through the woods, despite the thick bramble that made travel difficult up there among the deadfall.
Done was done. If she could find something that would tell her who he was, maybe she could find his kin, or someone who knew him. They would want to know. She clung to the safety of the pretense.
Almost against her will, Jennsen returned to wondering what he had been doing out here. She feared that the carefully folded piece of paper told her only too clearly. Still, there could be some other reason.
If she could just find it.
She had to move his arm a little if she was to look in his other pocket.
"Dear spirits forgive me," she whispered as she grasped the dead limb.
His unbending arm moved only with difficulty. Jennsen's nose wrinkled with disgust. He was as cold as the ground he lay on, as cold as the sporadic raindrops that fell from the iron sky. This time of year, it was almost always snow driven before such a stiff west wind. The unusual intermittent mist and drizzle had surely made the icy places on the trail at the top even slicker. The dead man only proved it.
She knew that if she stayed much longer she would be caught out in the approaching winter rain. She was well aware that people exposed to such weather risked their lives. Fortunately, Jennsen wasn't terribly far from home. If she didn't get home soon, though, her mother, worried at what could be taking so long, would probably come out after her. Jennsen didn't want her mother getting soaked, too.
Her mother would be waiting for the fish Jennsen had retrieved from baited lines in the lake. For once, the lines they tended through holes in the ice had brought them a full stringer. The fish were lying dead on the other side of the dead man, where she had dropped them after making her grim discovery. He hadn't been there earlier, or she would have seen him on her way out to the lake.
Taking a deep breath to gird her resolve, Jennsen made herself return to her search. She imagined that some woman was probably wondering about her big, handsome soldier, worrying if he was safe, warm, and dry.
He was none of that.
Jennsen would want someone to tell her mother, if it were she who had fallen and broken her neck. Her mother would understand if she delayed a bit to try to find out the man's identity. Jennsen reconsidered. Her mother might understand, but she still wouldn't want Jennsen anywhere near one of these soldiers. But he was dead. He couldn't hurt anyone, now, much less her and her mother.
Her mother would be even more troubled once Jennsen showed her what was written on the little piece of paper.
Jennsen knew that what really drove her search was the hope for some other explanation. She desperately wanted it to be something else. That frantic need kept her beside his dead body when she wanted nothing so much as to run for home.
If she didn't find anything to explain away his presence, then it would be best to cover him and hope that no one ever found him. Even if she had to stay out in the rain, she should cover him over as quickly as possible. She shouldn't wait. Then no one would ever know where he was.
She made herself push her hand down into his trouser pocket, all the way to the end. The flesh of his thigh was stiff. Her fingers hurriedly gathered up the nest of small objects at the bottom. Gasping for breath at the awful task, she pulled it all out in her fist. She bent close in the gathering gloom and opened her fingers for a look.
On top were a flint, bone buttons, a small ball of twine, and a folded handkerchief. With one finger, she pushed the twine and handkerchief to the side, exposing a weighty clutch of coins--silver and gold. She let out a soft whistle at the sight of such wealth. She didn't think that soldiers were rich, but this man had five gold marks among a larger number of silver marks. A fortune by most any standard. All the silver pennies--not copper, silver--seemed insignificant by contrast, even though they alone were probably more than she had spent in the whole of her twenty years.
The thought occurred to her that it was the first time in her life that she had ever held gold--or even silver--marks. The thought occurred to her that it might be plunder.
She found no trinket from a woman, as she had hoped, so as to soften her worry about what sort of man he had been.
Regrettably, nothing in the pocket told her anything of who he might be. Her nose wrinkled as she went about the chore of returning his possessions to his pocket. Some of the silver pennies spilled from her fist. She picked them all up from the wet, frozen ground and forced her hand into his pocket again in order to return them all to their rightful place.
His pack might tell her more, but he was sprawled atop it, and she wasn't sure she wanted to try to have a look, since it was likely to hold only supplies. His pockets would have held anything he considered valuable.
Like the piece of paper.
She supposed all the evidence that she really needed was in plain sight. He wore stiff leather armor under his dark cloak and tunic. At his hip was a simple but ruggedly made and wickedly sharp soldier's sword in a torn utilitarian black leather scabbard. The sword was broken at midlength, no doubt in the long tumble from the trail.
Her eyes glided more carefully over the remarkable knife sheathed at his belt. The hilt of the knife, gleaming in the gloom, was what had riveted her attention from the first instant. The sight of it had held her frozen until she realized its owner was dead. She was sure that no simple soldier would possess a knife that exquisitely crafted. It had to be more expensive than any knife she had ever seen.
On the silver hilt was the ornate letter "R." Even so, it was a thing of beauty.
From a young age, her mother had taught her to use a knife. She wished her mother could have a knife as fine as this.
Jennsen jumped at the whispered word.
Not now. Dear spirits, not now. Not here.
Jennsen was not a woman who hated much in life, but she hated the voice that sometimes came to her.
She ignored it, now, as always, forcing her fingers to move, to try to discover if there was anything else about the man that she should know. She checked the leather straps for concealed pockets but found none. The tunic was a plain cut, without pockets.
Jennsen, came the voice again.
She gritted her teeth. "Leave me be," she said aloud, if under her breath.
It sounded different, this time. Almost as if the voice wasn't in her head, as it always was.
"Leave me alone," she growled.
Surrender, came the dead murmur.
She glanced up and saw the man's dead eyes staring at her.
The first curtain of cold rain, billowing in the wind, felt like the icy fingers of spirits caressing her face.
Her heart galloped yet faster. Her breath caught against her ragged pulls, like silk catching on dry skin. With her wide-eyed gaze locked on the dead soldier's face, she pushed with her feet, scuttling back across the gravel.
She was being silly. She knew she was. The man was dead. He wasn't looking at her. He couldn't be. His stare was fixed in death, that's all, like her stringer of dead fish--they weren't looking at anything. Neither was he. She was being silly. It only seemed he was looking at her.
But even if the dead eyes were staring at nothing, she would just as soon that they weren't doing it in her direction.
Beyond, above the sharp rise of granite, the pine trees swayed from side to side in the wind and the bare maple and oak waved their skeletal arms, but Jennsen kept her gaze fixed on the dead man as she listened for the voice. The man's lips were still. She knew they would be. The voice was in her head.
His face was still turned toward the trail from where he had fallen to his death. She had thought his lifeless sight had been turned in that direction, too, but now his eyes seemed to be turned more toward her.
Jennsen curled her fingers around the hilt of her knife.
"Leave me be. I'll not surrender."
She never knew what it was that the voice wanted her to surrender. Despite having been with her nearly her whole life, it had never said. She found refuge in that ambiguity.
As if in answer to her thought, the voice came again.
Surrender your flesh, Jennsen.
Jennsen couldn't breathe.
Surrender your will.
She swallowed in terror. It had never said that before--never said anything she could understand.
Often, she would faintly hear it--as if it were too far away to be clearly understood. Sometimes she thought she could hear the words, but they seemed to be in a strange language.
She often heard it when she was falling asleep, calling to her in that distant, dead whisper. It spoke other words to her, she knew, but never so as she could understand more than her name and that frighteningly seductive single-word command to surrender. That word was always more forceful than any other. She could always hear it even when she could hear no other.
Her mother said that the voice was the man who, nearly Jennsen's whole life, had wanted to kill her. Her mother said that he wanted to torment her.
"Jenn," her mother would often say, "it's all right. I'm here with you. His voice can't hurt you." Not wanting to burden her mother, Jennsen often didn't tell her about the voice.
But even if the voice couldn't hurt her, the man could, if he found her. At that moment, Jennsen desperately wished for the protective comfort of her mother's arms.
One day, he would come for her. They both knew he would. Until then, he sent his voice. That's what her mother thought, anyway.
As much as that explanation frightened her, Jennsen preferred it to thinking herself mad. If she didn't have her own mind, she had nothing.
"What's happened here?"
Jennsen gasped in a cry of fright as she spun, pulling her knife. She dropped into a half crouch, feet spread, knife held in a death grip.
It was no disembodied voice, this. A man was walking up the gully toward her. With the wind in her ears, and the distraction of the dead man and the voice, she hadn't heard him coming.
As big as he was, as close as he was, she knew that if she ran, and if he was of a mind, he could easily run her down.

Copyright © 2001 by Terry Goodkind
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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Terry Goodkind

Q: You've said before that you enjoy creating new characters with great stories. Can you tell readers a little about Jennsen and how she becomes involved with the main characters, Richard Rahl, the woodsman-turned-warrior, and his wife Kahlan?

A: Ever since she was six years old, someone has been trying to kill Jennsen. Now, she is 20. He just found her.

These have always been stories of meaningful conflict, of people who have been torn from the familiar tapestry of their lives. More importantly, they're the stories of the struggles of heroic individuals trying to find truth and triumph over repression. How characters with nobility of human spirit, such as Richard and Kahlan, are tested, meet those challenges and face agonizing choices has always been my central theme.

The Pillars of Creation is the story of a young woman who must find a way to survive when her worst nightmare suddenly comes to life. Truth can be her only salvation. But with time running out, finding the truth is not going to be easy. The fate of many lives hinge on the choices she will make.

Q: What was the most challenging part of writing this book?

A: I wanted to write the story in a way that I don't think has been attempted before. The Pillars of Creation has a dual plot. By that, I mean that how the reader interprets the events in the story depends upon what they already know. Readers who have read my previous novels will see the plot unfold in a particular way, while new readers will see the events in an entirely different light. Both will see a logical progression of events but grasp their significance differently. I consciously intended the plot to be experienced from these two different perspectives in very different ways. Each group of readers will have very different sets of fears and hopes.

It was a real challenge to tell this story while keeping the plot for both kinds of readers equally compelling, and bringing both plot interpretations together in the end so that both readers -- old and new -- would find the ending equally logical and just as dramatic and satisfying. In this way, the story includes all readers.

Q: What do you think longtime Sword of Truth fans will find most surprising about this novel?

A: I seriously doubt that there will be very much about this novel that longtime fans won't find surprising. The mysteries involved are central to the novel.

It's important to point out that this is a book that requires no previous reading of the series. The reader's perception of the plot and interpretation of the meaning of each new discovery in the mystery is entirely dependent on whether or not they are familiar with the books in the series -- and that is by no means necessary. I wanted to make sure that fans of the series felt a special thrill with what they encounter, while new readers fell in love with a story that does not slight them for being new to my novels.

Q: I find it amazing that you've been able to release a new Sword of Truth novel -- all of which are well over 500 pages -- almost every year for the last seven years. How do you go about writing a book? Do you plan it all out first and then begin writing, or do you create a character and a rough story line and then let things unfold?

A: Just writing a book of 500 pages is not all that difficult. However, writing a novel that is a complete story in which every sentence contributes meaningfully to the advancement of the plot and the development of the characters, and which at the same time is philosophically integrated and consistent, is considerably more work. And that's what it is -- a lot of hard work. It's fascinating, fun and profoundly rewarding work, but it is work.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: I'm extremely pleased to be able to announce that my publisher from the beginning, Tor Books, has contracted for the next three books in the series. Writing about these characters who have become so important not only to me, but to a great many other people, has been an immensely rewarding experience. Every time I finish a book, I can hardly wait to be writing the next one.

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  • Posted December 22, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    This book is the balance to Faith of the Fallen

    The problem with this book and why so many people are disappointed with it is because Faith of the Fallen was so amazingly good and truly epic that any other book that comes after is going to be held to that standard and ultimately going to fall short.

    This book is a neccessary evil in the series and truly is the balance to the last book. It really makes me wonder if he did it on purpose this way, I honestly wouldn't be surprised. Introducing a whole new set of characters after the last book was a gutsy move and after reading pillars It's easy to see that this story was neccessary to be told in order to build up the rest of the series.

    I admit that this one was a slow read for me because lets face it after faith ...yea...this was slow going, BUT im glad that I pushed through and read it because the ending was worth it although it took awhile to get there.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Kept me Interested!

    I was pleased the way Mr. Goodkind found new characters and new twists to keep the storyline fresh and interesting. The story within a story is well done and well written; although not very well edited. I have been very disappointed in the last 3 books with the misspelled words, bad punctuation and grammatical mistakes. It makes it quite difficult sometimes to follow the thought/s of the characters when words are not used to properly convey the the story. That being said - I would (and have) highly recommend this series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    Terry Goodkind Big Mistake

    Trust me i love terry goodkinds books but this is a huge mistake. i mean richard and kahlan only appear in the last couple of chapters. not only that but the main character in the book is an obnoxious girl that needs to be slapped around a little. seriously what was going through his mind!?!?!?!?!?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

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    Love the Sword of Truth Series!

    I have really enjoyed reading this series. It has adventure, thrill, excitement, romance, political and moral lessons, drama ... a little of everything. The characters are developed extremely well and are multi-faceted. The storyline is original, exciting, and very interesting. Quotes and lessons from this series are very thought provoking and pertain to all times. The only con to the series is these books could have used more editing as they get somewhat wordy and repetitive - each book has many sections that explain what happened in previous books - again. I found myself skimming past those paragraphs and pages. Overall, they are very well written, and I find myself easily drawn into their world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    A worthy addition to the series

    Looking over prior user reviews, it strikes one that this book's naysayers have either: 1-generic, unsupported complaints of dullness or faulty logic, or 2-so much of a lack of imagination that they can't stand a book that doesn't solely focus on the series' two main protagonists.
    The truth is that this tale has everything that makes for a rousing fantasy adventure. An interesting spin on the typical hero's quest, constant looming danger and the threat of imminent death, a likable, sympathetic, yet real-enough-to-sometimes-get-on-your-nerves protagonist, and some truly foul villainy.
    Now I will grant that after spending so long focusing strictly on Richard and Kahlan, it could seem a bit awkward to so suddenly and drastically shift gears. One could argue that this book would have made more sense had it been placed earlier in the series, and not so far removed from the first introduction of one of Richard's siblings. On the other hand, I for one had been waiting in rapt anticipation to see if Mr. Goodkind would see fit to include more of Darken Rahl's unwanted offspring, and so approached this tale as something of a breath of fresh air.
    I mean seriously, if someone has enjoyed the series enough to continue reading it up to this point, clearly the most logical response is to have an utter lapse in reasoning and lose all faith in the author, refusing to believe that he might actually know what he's doing, right? (/sarcasm)
    Anyway, Pillars of Creation is fully capable of standing on it's own merit, introduces a fun new character into the series roster, and has left me simply itching to dig into book 8 as soon as possible.

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

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    Awesome book, a lot of people were pissed cause Richard and Kahl

    Awesome book, a lot of people were pissed cause Richard and Kahlan wasn't in it but for the last couple of chapters but I was happy to have some new Characters to read about.

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

    Great Series, OK Book

    I love the entire Sword of Truth series, but this book, on it's own, is rather weak. I'm not sure why. Jen is a strong character, and the underlying story isn't all that bad. Part of it may be that taking a break from Richard and Kahlan's story is exactly the wrong decision to make. Another component is the way Jen's perspective turns things on end; we more or less *know* that she's being duped, but she's clueless -- which takes a fairly good character and weakens her drastically. For whatever reason, this is the one Sword of Truth book I don't find a brilliant, entrancing read in it's own right. It's OK, but it just feels like a speed bump while reading the *great* series itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Great book

    Great book

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  • Posted November 4, 2012

    Another Hit...

    When you read the book you'll discover more than one reason for the ungifted of a Rahl to be hunted down and killed. Of course there exceptions?

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

    I hated this book. I trudged through it thinking that with each

    I hated this book. I trudged through it thinking that with each new chapter, Richard and Kahlan would appear. About 1/3 into it, I finally scanned the pages to find where they are written in and they are only in the last few chapters! As a result, I just skimmed over the rest of the book. Why even bother to write a book in a series if it isn't written with the main characters in it?

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    Posted June 12, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    On the fence

    Im still not sure whether i enjoyed the book or not. Khalan and richard dont arrive until the end, which had me saying the entire time "where are they?". However i though it was also refreshing to meet new characters and follow their stories, to then end in the same journey from the other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Disappointing at first... deserves a second chance.

    The first time I read this book I was really disappointed with it. Mostly because you don' t see Ricahrd and Kahlan til the very end. It was hard to getvthrough the first time around, but after rereading this book I was able to get past the fact that this part of the story isn't about Richard and Kahlan and I appreciated this book and it's characters. All I have to say is let that disappointent go and enjoy the story for what it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Pillars of creation

    Not as good as the previous book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Ready for more

    Different angle than the previous books and ended abruptly. Not Goodkind's best, but, overall, good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Absolutely Awful

    This book could easily be removed from the series without detracting from it. The new characters add nothing to the story. It comes off as what it was: a lame attempt to squeeze in one more book.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    A must read!!

    I love all of the Terry G books. It has been over 10 years since I last read the Sword of Truth books. Now while re-reading these books, I came to the Pillars book for the first time. I had read the previous reviews and had almost let the negative reviews sway me to skip this one. I am sooooo glad I follow my gut and read this one. This is a great read. It is quick and the characters keep you guessing. Yes, I do miss Kalin and Richard, but the new cast members keep you enguaged. Really makes me want to quickly read the remaining books.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Goodkind's Triumphant Return to the Underworld. "Grushdeva", to the Holes in the World.

    "The Pillars of Creation" is Goodkind's triumphant return to the underworld. In the Seventh installment of The Sword of Truth, Goodkind takes readers back to Aydindril, "The Home of the Confessors",The Wizard's Keep, The People's Palace and back to the old world in the quest of Lord Rahl against the Imperial Order. And indeed he dares to write a book where the story does not belong to Richard and Kahlan, but to those "Who hear the voices" Evil has never faced Lord Rahl like this before. Goodkind doesn't fail in amazing fans, giving a different view of the sword of truth series. An amazing plot and great set of new characters for this latest installment. It seems as the series matures, more questions and details about magic have been answered. The author is very efficient in presenting details and background about the genesis of some of the themes witnessed in previous books. "The Pillars of Creations" is an intelligent and well written aftermath following "Faith of the Fallen" Fans needed a book like this. This seventh installment is very different, and Goodkind injects an evil that was necessary to refresh the entire series. "The Pillars of Creation" signifies what the Sword of Truth series is all about. The fight between good and evil. Jennsen Dagget and "King Oba" two ungifted offsprings of Darken Rahl, those who "Hear the voices" two distinct, but great characters. Goodkind shows his eloquent style to engage readers into the characters of Jennsen and Oba. Oba becomes my favorite one in this book, He is an evil, malicious, funny and definitely naive, while Jennsen's character unfolds into a young woman finding the truth and beliefs after her long journey of revenge against what she considered evil. Goodkind challenges readers to understand more about the underworld, and the magic surrounding Lord Rahl. Following "Faith of the Fallen" the author has concentrated in the Old World. The conflict between Lord Rahl and the Imperial Order is seen through the enemy's eyes. Not to mention the seventh rule taking a deeper meaning in the series. With four books left in the series, the engagement between all characters, prophecies, and everything that the author has not revealed yet becomes more intriguing than ever. The world of the sword of truth is very spellbinding and without books like this one it would be impossible for fans to keep waiting what may come next. The way goodkind explores the house of Rahl through Jennsen and Oba, and even Drefan in previous books is very important to understand more how magic and history shapes Richard Rahl. If you are a fan that has read all the books, Love the book for what Goodkind gives us, keep reading, for you will find a surprise.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Garbage, I'm done with this series

    I hate this book, and I've been an avid reader of the series until now. This edition is complete crap, and Terry takes the story no where. The plot of the war is just dragging, because Terry has no idea what to do with it. Characters that we know (like mord-siths) act completely out ordinary, contrary to the last...6 novels. And you have to read about two new boring characters until your eyes bleed. Oh yeah, and there is an entire chapter devoted to Jensen getting kissed for the first time...BRILLIANT WRITING!

    I really enjoyed his other works, and planned to read all 12 novels, but this is so bad I am done. Terry, you stole a little bit of my soul.

    Save yourself the trouble and if you liked the series just end it at #6, or prepare to be angered.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    loved the rest

    but hated this one. it shouldnt take an entire book to add a single person to the story.

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